The UBC Sauder School of Business is one of the most prestigious business schools in Canada. It drives innovation, shapes business practices, and leads change. With committed instructors like Mr. Perry Atwal, Sauder will continue to be a leader in ethical and innovative business practices in the years to come.

This is one of the reasons why we are particularly excited to have Perry Atwal as one of our VSP course instructors! Perry is a full-time instructor in the Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Division of the UBC Sauder School of Business. This division focuses on many aspects of the employment space, including Human Resources, Organizational Change Management, Culture, Leadership and Human Resource development amongst other labour and employment-related areas.

Recently, we had the opportunity to interview Perry and he shared some of his insights with us:

Tell us about your area of teaching and research.

My work is multi-Disciplinary. I teach courses in Organizational Behaviour, Employment Relationship, Negotiations, Strategy, Marketing and Leadership to all levels – Undergrad, Masters and Executive.

What is one thing that you didn’t expect from VSP?

The similarity in positive traits from students from all over the world. We expect many differences in style and approach given the unique backgrounds of the students, but the consistent behaviours from high-achievers are remarkable.

What is one thing that you’ve learned from VSP?

An appreciation of elegant and unusual solutions that would not have been derived from a less varied student body.

“UBC sits in an envious position – embedded as one of the top 3 Universities in Canada, and with a significant portion of students/staff/faculty from around the world. It truly feels like an international institution, securing credibility from its incredible diversity at all.”

What can VSP students expect from your course and faculty?

A non-biased and integrative approach to solving real business problems. To go beyond the simple mechanics of each business discipline (Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Operations, Strategy etc.), to understand a problem from several dimensions and to come up with solutions that are both holistic and appropriate in the modern world.

What do you think international students can gain from studying a course you will be teaching/have taught for VSP in the past?

An awareness of the multiple complexities that surround any non-trivial problem, and the ability to work with others to understand the cultural nuances involved.

What do you like about being a part of the UBC community?

UBC sits in an envious position – embedded as one of the top 3 Universities in Canada, and with a significant portion of students/staff/faculty from around the world. It truly feels like an international institution, securing credibility from its incredible diversity at all levels. Also, a wonderful campus and part of the world to call home

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spending as much time as possible with my 2 young kids who are my ultimate teachers.

We’re always thrilled to learn about the brilliant people like Perry Atwal who make UBC a world-class institution. If you’d like to learn more about UBC Sauder School of Business, course packages, and general teaching structure, visit the VSP Business page.